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December 15, 2014                                                                                703.528.5656 Ext.108



Washington, DC - ZGS Communications is pleased to announce that WTMO Telemundo Orlando received an EMMY award on Saturday at the 38th Annual Suncoast EMMY Awards. Telemundo Orlando was the only local Spanish-language television station in Central Florida to be recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

Gilberto Companioni, Axel Figueroa and Homan Machuca celebrate their EMMY win

WTMO's local newscast, Telenoticias Orlando, took home the coveted award in the Health and Sciences category for "Vida en Medio de la Muerte."  In a collaboration between Homan Machuca, Gilberto Companioni, Axel Figueroa and Ramon Cintron, the special piece followed the perils of a child who suffered from ventricular fibrillation, a life-threatening heart condition. After collapsing one day and being on the brink of death, local doctors performed a rare procedure on the boy's heart that helped keep him alive. This was the first time that such a procedure was performed on a child in Florida. View the EMMY-award winning story on

"This is a great accomplishment for our Telenoticias Orlando team.  The EMMY Awards represent the highest recognition in the television industry and are judged and voted on by our peers. That makes this honor much more gratifying, fulfilling, and special," commented Gilberto Companioni, Telemundo Orlando News Director. "These awards symbolize the commitment to the excellence we owe our viewers on a daily basis."

The station's newscast, Telenoticias Orlando, is the #1 source for Spanish-language news in the Orlando DMA at 11pm. In the most recent October survey, Telemundo Orlando delivered more than half of the Spanish TV audience in all major demos including adults 18-34, 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers (P2+).

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) offers the Suncoast EMMY Awards to television markets throughout the state of Florida; Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana;  Mobile, Alabama; Thomasville, Georgia and Puerto Rico.  The 38th Annual Suncoast EMMY Awards was held at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale Beach on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, NSI October 2014 Local Monthly, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne Designated Market Area

WTMO Telemundo Orlando is owned by ZGS Communications, a Hispanic-owned media company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.  The company owns 9 Spanish-language television stations, representing the largest group of independent stations affiliated with the Telemundo network.  In addition, ZGS owns three radio stations serving Washington, DC and Tampa, and a Spanish-language web portal For over three decades, ZGS has been a leader in the industry with a profound commitment to localism and diversity; proudly serving and celebrating the Hispanic community with local news and programming on multiple platforms, as well as outreach, advocacy and grassroots events.


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